Michael Albasini claims Tour de Romandie stage one

Michael Albasini

Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott) edged out the competition to win the first stage of the Tour of Romandie.

The Swiss rider finished the stage from Aigle to Champéry ahead of Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) in second and Jesus Herrada (Movistar) in third.

The local Swiss rider was able to stay with the fast tempo set over the final first category climb and positioned himself well to launch towards his second victory of the season and seventh stage victory in the Swiss tour.

“It is a great victory today,” 36-year-old Albasini said. “It was not easy to win today coming straight from the classics as that was a big goal and it takes a lot of mental energy.”

“I really needed to focus coming to this race to suffer and to fight. It is Romandie so it is important I can come here and race well, so I am very happy that I could take the win today.

“I wasn’t so confident for today’s stage but I told myself if I can be there at the end in Liege-Bastogne-Liege after 4,000metres of climbing then why can’t I be able to be here over the climbs today.

“I tried to fight and stay in the bunch and it worked out to be even better than I thought so I am really happy with that.”

Tour de Romandie 2017 – stage 1 results (Aigle – Champéry):

1Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott)


2Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates)


3Jesus Herrada (Movistar)


4Natnael Berhane (Dimension Data)


5Chris Froome (Team Sky)


6Pello Bilbao (Astana)


7Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)


8David De La Cruz (Quick-Step Floors)


9Richard Carapaz (Movistar)


10Pierre Roger Latour (AG2R)



General classification after stage 1:

1Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo)


2Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors)


3Jesus Herrada (Movistar)


4Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo)


5Ion Izagirre (Bahrain Merida)


6Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)


7Jose Goncalves (Katusha-Alpecin)


8Ruben Fernandez (Movistar)


9Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott)


10Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar)



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